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Valis Licentia by tigaer Valis Licentia by tigaer
This picture is the perfect example of the famous 'creative spark'. I never had the intention or plan to do a picture like this one. I never had a concept to this one in mind. I just sat down and worked it out. Everything fell to its place by accident when i was playing with the Vue 9 pre release version. Out of nowhere a creative flow started to happen.

It basically started with trying and playing with Vue again. Creating a nice mountain terrain and adding trees. Playing with atmosphere and lighting. This is actually how a lot of my personal projects come together and start out. Ultimately i had this nice mountain range, atmosphere and forest in front of me and thought... "yes... that's it... go for it". At this point no plans for a scifi setting. I also wanted a river in the scene. Some time went into the placing and adding and getting it right of the river part. Then the landscape part was done and i did a large multipass render of it. It took 18hrs to finish. That was early november i think. I really liked the result. The multipass also allowed me to extend the planning for the pic.

I thought around a while and found that some sort of scifi haven/port for ships would be a cool thing. So i added the towers. The original idea was to add one much closer to the camera on the left. But that did not work out well and completely ruined the composition for me. So i decided to move it farther back. That way the atosphere had much more space to unfold its nice detail and lighting. And the eye has a much more pleasant view on the overall scene. I decided to add more towers in the back to get some more depth into the scene. Not sure if that works 100%.

The Photoshop work, or 'post work', included refining of the atmosphere and bringing out details that i wanted to pop a bit more. Since a lot of elements, like the towers, were added in the process i had to do some extra integration work to make it all sit right in the image. I also added some atmospheric beams to bring out the atmosphere. I think that works nicely.

Not knowing what i was going to end up with was a nice thing. Even today i made last changes to the pic. Now every pic should have some sort of message huh? I guess what the pic is trying to say is that even highly developed races should be able to merge their structures into a foreign environment without disturbing it. Something 'we' are not able to do. The towers in the pic certainly have a very industrial look to them. Nonetheless they're able to keep the environment untouched.

Photoshop - Vue - 5000px wide

Print Detail: [link]

Plates & Progress: [link]

Wallpapers: 1920x1200/1080p - 1680x1050 - 1280x1024 - 1280x800/720p - [link]
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ronfione Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
Juhupainting Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Digital Artist
Super Bild, sieht fantastisch aus , wie die Sonne bei den beiden Bäumen im Vordergrund durch die Blätter scheint!
orinoor Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011
This is really gorgeous work, reminds me of how far I still have to go and very inspiring! Beautiful, such wonderful details and rich colors.
Tifung Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Amazing !! Your blog is in my fav' !!! ;)
Dergrunnenmann Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011
Beautiful - 'nuff said.
00adam Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
the foliage in this is outstanding the detail and and feeling of being in and amongst the trees is fantastic
Jade-Dragen Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is absolutely beautiful and truely inspiring.. I am just learning Vue 9.. :sun:
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DragenEyez Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
wow.. you know, I have a bunch of your works set up as my desktop's changing backgrounds. Such incredible work.
NKVGBD Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Featured here [link] =D
tigaer Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
thanks :)
kitsuneko-xenon Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Student Artist
It's like sci-fi Lord of the Rings...
tigaer Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
lol sometimes it's really interesting what people see in pictures :D
kitsuneko-xenon Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2011  Student Artist
Haha, I certainly think so.
NashBen Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011
Ah, superb! (nein, ich meine nicht den Skoda.. ;) )

Da will ich wohnen!
tigaer Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
joa... halt mir n platz frei bitte. :D
EnigmaticMe Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist

:#1: This is probably one of (if not THE) best renders I've ever seen.

Congratulations on a very impressive image!

:spotlight-left: :trophy: :spotlight-right:
GiulioDesign94 Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hey M8! This image is very beautiful!! Can I post a my version of this image PLEASE :) ? With link and ecc...
stargate4ever23 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
madbrainsurgeon Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
only bad thing i can say is the reflection of the central building seems a little odd
HikarinoChou Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Amazing! :D
Ranarh Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
I really like the impression of a summer's morning and the architecture, too.
Manweri Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! The landscape, all the plants and the river are amazing, and the architecture in the background blends really well with the scenery. The lighting is also great. I love it! :)
agkeycreative Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Nice :D
Thought it was a photo.
The light and the shadows just right. I actually feel I could be walking through and looking at the view in the distance.
Venomater Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just one word. . . . BEAUTIFUL

Live Long & Prosper
justCreate Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing work :)
frenchfox Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010
Wonderful scenery ! :love:
kosv01 Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Fantastic piece of art!!!!

vince-ma Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
SerkDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing job :clap: congrats!
Milomax27 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Professional General Artist
MMMMmmmm...I wanna visit this place! :thumbsup:
eRality Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Wow, very nice. Good backlighting.
Mousyman Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Absolutely beautiful. You've outdone yourself yet again.
Mooshkin101 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
i love it! this looks so mooshtastic!
ImagineAMatrix Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great job :D
gerberc Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
angelic-jean Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice!
Alexm95 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
nice depth :)
Ninja-Ralph Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
Your work is freaking amazing!!!
xplosivemind Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome image, just plain awesome!
BetulaNigra Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
I love the atmosphere and lighting on this image. It really makes the scene come alive for me. I think the multiple towers work, although if that is one in the far distance high up on the mountain, I think it could be dropped without hurting the image. I especially love the point of view. It could be the view of an indigenous species watching these strange aliens or it could just be a hiker looking back to the place where he/she works and lives. Who knows?
Yami-Fire Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
wow, so ... so... I don't know; it's just great :D
NewCLearNomad Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
wonderful piece great write up on your process too , i really liked the piece before you flipped it too...something about that river for me . either way well worth the time ..
Lyna-LoopS Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wanna live over there !
nihindula Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
very nice! great atmosphere and colors
how long took the vue rendering? i realy like vue, but when i comes to render times, it usualy needs around 2 days to render in a full hd resolution :-(
getcarter Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Photographer
I love the idea and execution! :heart:
Gaina Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous :faint:
TimeActor Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
What a beautifull work! I´m very impressed about your skill in Vue!
Keep up the good work
Dialogous Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010   Writer
Can I go live there?
sirLamai Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Einfach nur abartig schön:D
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